Pamphilius sylvaticus

The thorn leafroller is the commonest species in this genus. The abdomen is black without a band of reddish-yellow on the middle segments. The third antennal segment is clearly shorter than the scape and about the same length as, or less than, segment four. Scutellum yellow. Antennal scape dark marked at the base of the inner side. Head usually with conspicuous yellow spots behind each eye.

Pamphilius sylvaticus larvae on hawthorn, blackthorn etc., and rowans. They create a leaf-roll from within which they feed.

Jump to other Pamphiliidae

Size: 8 - 10mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to July

Plant associations: Crataegus spp, Prunus spp., and Sorbus spp. (hawthorns, wild plums and rowans) (1) incl...

Sorbus aucuparia (mountain ash) (3)
Prunus padus (bird cherry) (3)
Prunus domestica (plum) (3)
Prunus spinosa (plum) (3)
Amelanchier spicata (Low juneberry) (4)
Pyrus communis (pear) (4)
Crataegus spp. (1)


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Lorenz, H. and Kraus M., 1957. Die Larvalsystematik der Blattwespen (Tenthredinoidea und Megalodontoidea). - Abhandlungen zur Larvalsystematik der Insekten No. 1. Berlin: Akadamie - Verlag

4. Viitasaari M. Sawflies (Hymenoptera, Symphyta), 1: a review of the suborder, the Western Palaearctic taxa of Xyeloidea and Pamphilioidea. Vol. 1. Helsinki: Tremex Press; 2002.